Would you like an internationally recognised practical qualification that enables you to teach English to international students? We are taking enrolments for the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
Why study CELTA?
CELTA is an internationally recognised teaching qualiﬁcation and is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers across the globe. The University of Cambridge CELTA course is a practical, hands-on teaching qualiﬁcation. It is a standardised course, which means that you can take the course anywhere in the world, cover the same syllabus, and be assessed by the same criteria. Therefore a pass on the CELTA course is recognised throughout the world regardless of where it is studied. It is suitable for native speakers of English and non-native speakers with a very high level of English.
Course length – 4 – 5 weeks
Course Fees – NZ$3,200 – NZ$ 3,300 depending on location.
Certification – The final certificate is issued by Cambridge ESOL.
Who is it for?
It is for trainees who would like to teach English to international students or non-native English speakers anywhere in the world.
The CELTA syllabus and assessment: The CELTA course is assessed in two ways. One by written assignments and the other by ongoing assessment of teaching practice. The assessment relates to five syllabus areas:
- Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Input sessions: These will provide you with many practical ideas for classroom teaching. Sessions include tutor demonstrations of teaching techniques and procedures to assist you in planning your lessons. Input will be interactive, so be prepared to get involved and learn through experiencing techniques and discussing ideas.
Teaching practice: English language students will come to the school to participate in English lessons. These students will be interviewed and tested before the commencement of the course and then split into two level groups. Each group will be made up of 10-15 adult students (over 16 years of age) from a variety of different countries. You will be part of a group of trainees (up to 6 trainees per group) who will be responsible for teaching them. An important part of the course will be coordinating with other teaching practice peers.
Over the course you must complete 6 hours of assessed teaching. Your teaching practice must be at two different levels (E.g. elementary and intermediate level students). After each assessed teaching slot, trainees will be provided with both oral and written feedback on their teaching. Each lesson will be assessed as being “Above standard for this stage of the course” or “To standard for this stage of the course” or “Not to standard for this stage of the course”. An important part of being a developing teacher is to reflect on your teaching. Self-evaluation of your own lessons forms an important part of the course assessment. CELTA will help you to become more reflective and focus on the areas of your teaching which need further development.
Observations: During the course you will have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers. You must observe 6 hours in total (3 hours may be from filmed lessons or tutor demo). This is a very useful part of the course as it allows you to see a variety of teaching styles, techniques and approaches, as well as a variety of student levels and classroom situations.
Assignments: During the course each candidate needs to submit 4 assignments each of which is to be of 750-1,000 words. These assignments are practical in nature and help you synthesise principles and practice from your teaching and learning. Each assignment will receive a pass or fail grade. If an assignment receives a fail grade on first submission, you will be able to resubmit that assignment once again. It is possible to fail one assignment and still pass the course, provided that the assessment criteria have been demonstrated elsewhere in your coursework.
Assignment topic areas are: Focus on the learner, Language-related tasks, Skills assignment and Lessons from the classroom.
Assessment: All aspects of the course (teaching practice and written assignments) are internally and continuously assessed. An external assessor approved by Cambridge ESOL will visit every CELTA course. The role of the assessor is to moderate the course. The final certificate is issued by Cambridge.
The CELTA is a pass/fail course. Final grades are: Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail. The certificate at Pass level is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets the criteria in all components. Those whose classroom teaching skills reach a level significantly higher than pass-level criteria are awarded Pass B; those whose classroom teaching skills and planning skills are exceptional, are awarded Pass A. Candidates will receive a course report with a provisional grade within two weeks of completing the course. Candidates can use these course reports when applying for work.
Support: Each CELTA course must be staffed by two CELTA tutors (or more if there are more than 12 candidates). This provides a high staff/trainee ratio which allows a very good level of support and individual attention on the course.
There are nearly 300 CELTA centres worldwide. CELTA stands for quality and innovation in language teaching, so these centres are a good starting point in your search for a job.
During the course, most schools offer sessions which help you to look for a job after the course. These sessions give you tips on where to look for jobs and how to go about finding the best job. The schools have strong links with language schools and agencies nationally and internationally. They usually forward on job vacancies to the alumni.
Once you have a CELTA qualification, there are many opportunities overseas.
How can I enrol?
Applicants need to complete:
- the CELTA application form
- a Pre-Interview task
- a face-to-face or skype interview
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